A white woman Amy Cooper has apologized for calling police on a African American Man Christian Cooper in Central Park on Monday, after the two argued about her unleashed dog.
Amy told CNN she wanted to “publicly apologize to everyone.””I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,” she said, adding that she also didn’t mean any harm to the African American community.
She was walking her dog Monday while Christian Cooper was bird watching at a wooded area of Central Park called the Ramble.
She also said while speaking with NBC New York ;
‘I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,”. ‘It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended … everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do.
‘When I think about the police, I’m such a blessed person. I’ve come to realize especially today that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don’t have that luxury.’
Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper are not related.
HOW IT ALL HAPPENED
An African American man captured the moment a Caucasian woman made a 911 call and pretended to be in distress while lying that “an African American man” is threatening her life.
The woman was at the famous Ramble in New York’s Central Park when she took her dog off the leash, an act that is clearly against the rules so as to protect the birds from dogs.
The black man who is “an avid birder” politely asked her to put her dog back on the leash but she refused.
When the man began filming her, she confronted him and asked him to stop. He told her he will stop when she complies and puts her dog on the leash.
Rather than obey the park rules, the woman told him that she will call the cops and tell them that he’s threatening her.
She said: “I’m going to tell them that there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
She took her phone, dialed 911, and told the cops just that. But she didn’t stop there. She pretended like she was in distress and begged them to send the cops immediately. While at it, she was strangling her dog, making the animal scream as though they were under attack.
She took her acting further by crying and begging for help as though her life were in danger.
The video was shared online by Melody Cooper, a sister to the African American man.
She wrote: “Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash.”
WHO IS CHRISTIAN COOPER
The man has now been identified as Christian Cooper. He is a Harvard graduate, a former Marvel Comics editor and now the senior biomedical editor at Health Science Communications.
According to a March 2019 obituary profile in Newsday, Christian Cooper’s father Francis Hedgeman Cooper was a “science teacher and longtime civil rights and community activist.” He died at age 86. Francis Cooper led a Long Island civil rights organization in the 1960s called the Congress of Racial Equality, according to the Newsday article.
57-year-old Christian Cooper who worked at Marvel Comics for nine years as a Freelance writer (from 1991 to 1999) and as an associate editor, edited “Blade: The Vampire Hunter” and briefly, “The Punisher”.
He created and wrote “Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins” and “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy,” according to his LinkedIn page.
The video of the confrontation at the park went viral after his sister Melody, a science fiction and horror writer who has worked at CW and HBO shared it on Twitter.
WHO IS AMY COOPER
Amy Cooper works at Franklin Templeton Investments, a multi-billion-dollar asset management firm.
The lady who is from Canada according to her Instagram profile, studied at the University of Waterloo in Ontario from 1998 to 2003, graduating with a degree in actuarial science.
She also completed her masters in business administration in analytical finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009.
She currently works as a Vice President and Head of Investment Solutions at Franklin Templeton in New York.
Amy has worked there since 2015 and has also been a fixed income portfolio manager. Before working at Franklin Templeton, Amy Cooper worked at AIG, Citi, Lehman Brothers and Willis Towers Watson. She has since deleted her social media profiles that identify her and where she works.
Amy Cooper was placed on administrative leave by the management of Franklin Templeton, following the outrage the video elicited.
Her LinkedIn bio shows that she’s the “Head of Insurance Investment Solutions at Franklin Templeton.”
The statement reads: “We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind. While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave.”
Meanwhile, people have continued to call for the arrest of Amy Cooper for making an unnecessary 911 call, lying to cops, endangering a black man’s life, and choking her dog.
The Animal Rescue has taken possession of Amy Cooper’s dog.
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